Winter Candidacy Retreat
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM to Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center
7505 Kavanaugh Road
Crestwood, KY 40014

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Shelley Nelson, BOM Registrar

The Kentucky Conference Candidacy Retreat scheduled for this Friday and Saturday (January 22nd-23rd) at Kavanaugh has been CANCELLED. 


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Louisville area from 7 p.m. (EST) tonight to 7 a.m. Saturday.  Driving is predicted to be very hazardous during that time.  We are predicted to get 3-5 inches of snow on Friday and the chance of snow showers on Saturday morning.


  • Attendance at either a Winter or Summer Candidacy Retreat is required for all those pursuing certified candidacy in the Kentucky Annual Conference, including those who are considering becoming local pastors, elders or deacons. The retreats are scheduled in January and August of each year and focus on the discernment of a call to ministry, as well as a discussion of options available for such a vocation.

  • Registration forms are only available from the candidate's district superintendent. Please contact your district office to request a form.

  • The cost for attending the retreat is $30, which covers room and board.

  • Candidates are also encouraged to complete a background check ($70) and the Tier I Psychological assessments ($400).  Note: Both of these items are required for certification and completion of these items at the retreat will expedite the process of moving toward that goal. Please discuss these options with your district superintendent before submitting the registration form to him/her.

  • Payment for the retreat, the background check and the psychological assessments is due at the time the registration is submitted and should be paid through the district office. Do not submit your check directly to the conference office. Your district superintendent and/or the district administrative assistant will be able to help calculate how much of this expense is your responsibility.

  • Registrations are due no later than January 15, 2016.

  • The event begins at 6:00pm on Friday, Jan. 22nd and ends at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 23rd
  • Lodging check-in at Kavanaugh is from 6:00-6:30pm at the Kavanaugh office (7505 Kavanaugh Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014;  502-241-9091)
  • Retreat check-in at Conference Center begins at 6:30pm (Wesley Room - on the lower level of the building).
  • Sessions begin at 7:00pm in the Wesley Room.

Please eat dinner before arriving at Kavanaugh.  There will be light snacks and beverages available during the retreat.